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Selwyn District Council: decisions this week

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Community committee review confirmed

The Council has confirmed it will begin a review into the model of community committees in Selwyn. There are currently 55 community committees, 52 of which receive Council funding. There are also 15 incorporated societies, 13 of which receive Council funding. A number of these incorporated societies deliver some of the functions that community committees deliver.

The Council noted that while committees have added real benefit to the district over many years, it’s time to look at the best model for the future which ensures effective community and volunteer participation, lifts community engagement in decision-making and allows councillors to be more available to meet with, listen and discuss matters that affect the local community.

The six-month review will look at a range of factors including the structure, role, focus and number of community committees, to see where improvements might be made. The Council intends to seek dialogue and opportunities to exchange ideas with a wide range of residents, user groups and community committees.

While the review is undertaken committees will continue to operate as normal, with the same delegated responsibilities. They are not required to hold triennial elections, as the Council has formally agreed not to ‘discharge’ these committees (which happens normally after a local body election). However, groups are free to hold elections if they wish.

The Council also noted that the review will focus on community committees, rather than Incorporated Societies, which are separate legal entities to Council.

Speed limit changes

The Council has approved speed limit changes on nine roads, reducing the speed limit to 60km/hr. The changes, which will take effect from 1 December, bring the speeds into line with limits set by Christchurch City Council and align with the Christchurch Southern Motorway extension. Speed limits will drop from 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr on Hodgens Road, and sections of Marsh Road, Springs Road, Shands Road, Longstaffs Road and Whincops Road.

Sections of Old West Coast Road and Waddington Road are reduced from 70 km/hr and Summit Road is reduced from 100 km/hr. The full list of changes is:

(a) Old West Coast Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 70 km/hr from 100 metres east of High Street to 200 metres east of Tramway Road.

(b) Waddington Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 70 km/hr from 100 metres north west of Henry Street to Curve Road.

(c) Summit Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 100 km/hr.

(d) Marshs Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80 km/hr between SH1 and Springs Road.

(e) Springs Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80 km/hr from 200 metres north east of Blakes Road to the intersection with Marshs Road (Christchurch City Council boundary).

(f) Hodgens Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80 km/hr on Hodgens Rd.

(g) Longstaffs Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80 km/hr from Whincops Road to Hodgens Road.

(h) Whincops Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80 km/hr from Longstaffs Road to Knights Stream (Christchurch City Council boundary).

(i) Shands Road is reduced to 60 km/hr from 80m km/hr from 560 metres southwest of Marshs Road to Marshs Road.

Extra council meetings to be held

Two council meetings will be held each month in a change to the previous meeting schedule.

The Council decided to include topics previously covered in committees in the full council meetings allowing all councillors to take part in discussion and decisions on those topics.

The first council meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of each month and cover topics under the headings of Mayoral office; community services and facilities; environmental and regulatory services; and five waters. The second meeting will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month covering subjects under the headings of finance; transportation; solid waste; property; major projects; commercial transactions; and the Chief Executive’s office.

The Audit and Risk Committee will continue meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and additional meetings will be held to conclude adoption of Council’s District Plan Review for consultation. Malvern Community Board meetings are retained on Monday evenings. A full schedule of meetings can be found in the Council agenda.

Note: Full reports can be found in the Council meeting Agenda at: https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/314820/AGENDA-Council-6-November-2019.pdf

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